Recognizing the important role self-management can play in Oregon's transforming health system, each year the Public Health Division devotes a one-day conference to the topic.
More than two-thirds of adult Oregonians - more than two million people - are living with one or more chronic health conditions. Effective self-management of these conditions can improve quality of life, positively influence health outcomes and reduce health care costs.
The Self-Management Forum provides a unique opportunity for representatives of health systems, state and local public health agencies, community-based organizations and aging and disability services to learn about the most effective means to foster the growth of self-management resources in the state.
2013 Self-Management Forum
This year's Forum was held at the Portland Airport Sheraton on May 8, 2013. Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was the keynote speaker.
Programs and resources highlighted included Living Well with Chronic Conditions (CDSMP), Tomando Control de su Salud and other Stanford self-management programs, the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line, the Arthritis Foundation's Walk With Ease program, and a variety of evidence-based healthy aging and senior falls prevention programs.